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Google unveils Pixel 2, Pixelbook, other new hardware

As expected, Alphabet Inc. unit Google Inc. unveiled a new version of its Pixel smartphones and other products and services at the company's Oct. 4 event in San Francisco.

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A woman looks at the new Pixel 2 at a Google event on Oct. 4, 2017.
Source: Associated Press

The lineup includes a five-inch Pixel 2 with next-generation OLED display and a six-inch Pixel 2 XL with an even sharper pOLED 18:9 display. Both feature an updated camera with computational photography and machine learning capabilities powered by Android 8.0 Oreo. Software updates include a smarter Google Assistant and the new Google Lens technology, which pairs pictures with information when, for example, looking up landmarks, books or articles, the company said in a blog post.

The Pixel 2 phones will launch in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Germany, India and the U.K. Google will roll out Pixel 2 XL in Italy, Singapore and Spain later this year. Google said Verizon Communications Inc. will carry Pixel across the U.S. at its retail outlets. Pixel 2 also will be available at the Google store and Best Buy. The new phones are available now for preorder starting at $649 and $849, respectively, in the U.S.

Also unveiled at the event were the new Google Pixelbook — described by Google as a cross between a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone — along with new additions to the Google Home lineup. The new Chromebook features a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and storage options of up to 512 GB. It can be used as a laptop or folded over as a tablet. It also can connect to Pixel phones for calling when users are unable to access Wi-Fi, and it's the first laptop to integrate the Google Assistant AI. Pixelbook is available in three configurations starting at $999 in the U.S. The Pixelbook Pen costs $99.

Google's new connected home device Home Mini is priced at $49 in the U.S., where it will be available in retail stores starting Oct. 19.The device is also coming to the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Australia and Japan. Smart speaker and connected home device Google Home Max will cost $399 in the U.S. Google Home Max comes with 12 months of ad-free YouTube Music. It is available for preorder online from the Google Store and select retailers on Nov. 13.

Google also unveiled Pixel Buds, wireless headphones that will be available in November for $159 in the U.S., and Google Clips, a lightweight, hands-free camera priced at $249.